Older People and the Internet

older people & the webThe Office of National Statistics website is currently running a ‘Focus on… Older People’ feature that collects and dissects data from several sources (mainly from the Census) that relates to the ageing population. One of the most interesting finds is the research carried out on the relationship between older people and the internet.

The Focus on Older People 2005 Report (p.85) shows that research carried out by the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing at University College London claims up to 36.8% of all males and 26.5% of all females aged 60-64 will use the internet.

Use of internet:1 by age and sex, 2002      
England              
  a) Uses Internet          
 

50–54

55–59

60–64

65–69

70–74

75–79

80 and over

Males

59.4%

48.7%

36.8%

28.8%

18.7%

15.6%

9%

Females

47.7%

40.4%

26.5%

17.9%

10.7%

10%

6.5%


1Respondents asked whether they used Internet.
Source: English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, University College London
ONS Report: Focus on Older People 2005; p.85
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